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Ultra-Processed Food Ubiquity

From eNewsletter 4/12/2023

DID YOU KNOW that researchers actually posed the question: are grandparents harming their grandchildren's health? Believe or not, this hypothesis was not off base. It is commonplace for grandparents to spoil their grandchildren with sweet treats, and a study from the Journal of the American Dental Association found that it’s contributing to deteriorating dental health. The severity depended upon several factors:

  • The frequency by which the grandparents and children saw each other.

  • The mothers’ dependency on grandparents for childcare.

  • The quantity of sugary foods and beverages being allowed/provided by grandparents.

The researchers were only looking at tooth decay, but sweet treats lead to a host of other adverse health conditions. Thus, we gently urge grandparents to find other positive ways to spoil their grandchildren.

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Ultra-Processed Food Ubiquity

Steve: It seems that I should not have to be writing to you about ultra-processed foods because you know better right? Of course you do, but it does not mean that you may be consuming hidden processed food, or you can share this with family, friends, and coworkers who may not be eating as pristinely as you. Troubling new research finds that 60% of foods purchased by Americans contain any number of artificial additives such as preservatives, sweeteners, and coloring or flavoring agents. Even worse, these levels represent a 10% increase since 2001. Unfortunately, processed ingredients are ubiquitous in our food supply, even in "natural junk," such as gluten-free, sugar-free, or fat-free foods that market themselves as healthier, but are not. Moreover, there was a 22% increase in baby food purchases that are considered ultra-processed or contain additives. Urgent Action Required According to research presented at the Diabetes Professional Care Conference, highly processed foods meet the same criteria as tobacco for addiction, and urge healthcare professionals to take steps towards framing those with high intake as food addiction. Two large studies published in The BMJ highlight the dangers of a diet rich in ultra-processed foods. The first links the diet to an increased risk for colorectal cancer. The second shows a heightened risk for death from heart disease or any cause over a 14-year period. Finally, a study presented at American Heart Association's Hypertension Scientific Sessions of adolescent eating habits found that certain ultra-processed foods, such as candy, prepackaged pastries and frozen desserts, act as a 'gateway' to increased intake of other unhealthy foods. We have always promoted eating real food, organic whenever possible, and the least number of ingredients on a label the better.

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